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Councils urged to build community spirit to help reduce health inequalities

05/03/2021

A toolkit to help local areas increase their community spirit beyond the pandemic has been published by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).

Budget 2021: Failure to fix 'broken' social care system

04/03/2021

The chancellor has faced criticism for failing to address the social care crisis in his Budget yesterday.

Welsh public services receive £682m cash boost

02/03/2021

Wales’ public services will receive a cash boost of more than £682m to support their COVID efforts over the coming months, the Welsh government has said.

Six cases of new Brazil COVID variant identified

01/03/2021

Up to six cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in Manaus, Brazil have been detected in the UK, the national health body has confirmed.

Households of school aged children eligible for rapid COVID tests

01/03/2021

All households of school aged children will get two rapid tests per person, per week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

London council to investigate possible cancer cluster

25/02/2021

Barking and Dagenham LBC has apologised for failing to investigate a woman’s concerns about a possible cancer cluster in the borough.

Councils call for ‘further clarity’ on easing lockdown

23/02/2021

Councils ‘will do all they can’ to support the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of the national lockdown, but the Government must provide more funding and clarity, local government leaders say.

Think tank calls for collaboration in face of ‘stark’ health inequalities

22/02/2021

A think tank has called on health and care organisations across London to continue working together closely after the pandemic in order to tackle health inequalities across the capital.

Multi-million pound funding to tackle Long COVID

18/02/2021

Four research studies have been awarded £18.5m to explore the causes and effective treatment of Long COVID.

Councils call for extra cash for expanded shielding list

17/02/2021

Councils have called for more access to data and extra cash to deal with sharp spike in the number of people shielding from coronavirus.

Launch of COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan

15/02/2021

The Government has highlighted how vaccination buses and short films aimed at people with a learning disability are helping to boost vaccine uptake at a local level.

Disabled people accounted for six in 10 deaths from COVID-19 last year

12/02/2021

Figures have shown that six out of 10 people who died from COVID-19 last year were disabled.

Seven in ten local authorities offering rapid testing

10/02/2021

Rapid testing is now being offered by more than 70% of local authorities in England for people unable to work from home, latest figures show.

Surge testing expanded to other areas

08/02/2021

More local authorities will be deploying surge testing in a bid to stop the spread of the new COVID-19 variants.

Tackling mistrust about vaccines

04/02/2021

Dr Justin Varney looks at how Birmingham is working to tackle the ‘layers upon layers of mistrust’ among ethnic minority communities that is ‘now playing out in vaccine hesitancy’.

Councillors urged to become 'cancer champions'

04/02/2021

A network of Councillor Cancer Champions teams have been launched to help local communities stay healthy.

Over 10 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK

04/02/2021

The Government has reported that almost one in five adults in the UK have had the COVID-19 vaccine, a significant milestone for the largest vaccination programme in British history.

Local authorities to roll-out surge testing for South African COVID variant

02/02/2021

Up to 350,000 people will be tested for the South African COVID variant, after cases were discovered that could not be traced back to international travel.

Leading Greenwich through crisis

28/01/2021

Cllr Danny Thorpe outlines how Greenwich RLBC changed its processes at pace to support residents throughout COVID-19 – at times branching out into the unknown.

Council leaders react to 'heartbreaking' 100,000 coronavirus deaths

27/01/2021

The Prime Minister has offered his ‘deepest condolences’ after figures revealed that more than 100,000 have now lost their lives due to COVID-19.

How to better support those most at risk of suicide during coronavirus recovery

27/01/2021

As Samaritans launches a new handbook for men’s wellbeing services, Joe Potter explains why it’s crucial that preventative support is prioritised within any COVID recovery plan.

The Bay – a pivot to purpose

26/01/2021

Tim Pope and Sam Plum explain why local government reorganisation can be used as a catalyst for a new generation of councils that reflect their local economies and can lead the recovery.

Councils secure funding to help boost take up of COVID-19 vaccine

25/01/2021

Over £23m has been allocated to 60 councils to encourage high-risk groups to have the COVID-19 vaccination.

New funding to improve life of mothers and babies

22/01/2021

The 19 projects chosen to share a £7.6m fund to reduce health inequalities among new mothers and babies have been announced by the Government.

Ten new COVID-19 mass vaccination centres opened

18/01/2021

Ten new mass vaccination centres are due to open in England this week with a million over-80s invited to receive the vaccine.

Lords call for urgent action to improve health in old age

15/01/2021

The Government will miss its pledge of delivering five extra years of healthy living by 2035 without urgent action, Lords Committee has argued today.

Six areas secure funding to develop local health partnerships

14/01/2021

Six areas in England have been chosen to take part in a programme aimed at tackling health inequalities and improving the wellbeing of local communities.

Council chiefs call for mental health services funding

13/01/2021

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to ensure that councils’ mental health services receive the funding they require to meet ‘unmet demand’ in response to a landmark reform of mental health laws.

Council chiefs welcome ‘largest vaccination programme in British history’

12/01/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of the COVID-19 vaccination plan, but argue councils need more information to ensure everyone receives their jab promptly.

Commission proposes third option on integrated care

11/01/2021

The Health Devolution Commission (HDC) has called for a third 'health and prosperity' model of Integrated Care Systems.

Mass testing for asymptomatic COVID-19 rolled out to all local authorities

11/01/2021

All local authorities will be able to offer asymptomatic community testing to critical workers from this week.

Councils asked to 'redouble efforts' on rough sleeping

08/01/2021

English councils have been asked to ‘redouble their efforts’ to help accommodate people sleeping rough, with the Government finding an additional £10m funding.

Council ensures homeless people are offered COVID-19 vaccine

06/01/2021

Homeless people in Oldham are being given priority for COVID-19 vaccinations in a bid to stem the spread of the disease.

Councils welcome announcement of third national lockdown

05/01/2021

Councils have urged residents to follow the guidelines for the third national lockdown in a bid to stop the continued spread of coronavirus.

Major incidents over COVID declared

04/01/2021

Essex, Oxfordshire and Berkshire have declared major incidents amid fears the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases could overwhelm health services.

Council backs calls for new national lockdown

04/01/2021

Liverpool City Council has called on the Government to introduce a new national lockdown to stop the rapid spread of the new strain of coronavirus.

New COVID-19 vaccine rolled out

04/01/2021

The first people in the world are set to receive the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine today as the NHS expands COVID-19 vaccination programmes across the UK.

York council issues warning after police hand out ‘shocking’ number of COVID fines

23/12/2020

City of York police have issued what they describe as a ‘shocking’ number of fines to tier 3 residents who visited the city last weekend.

Liverpool testing sites reach ‘hard to reach’ young people

23/12/2020

Two new testing sites in Liverpool have helped reach young people who have been reluctant to come forward for testing, the city council says.

Council chiefs call for funds to support businesses in Tier 4 areas

22/12/2020

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to meet all of the extra costs councils incur during the pandemic.

Babies ‘largely invisible’ in pandemic response

21/12/2020

Babies and young children have been forgotten in the Government’s response to the pandemic, health visitors warn.

Professor Whitty warns of health inequalities across country

18/12/2020

Deprived areas have higher levels of ill-health and disease, a report has warned today.

'Bitter disappointment' greets tiers review

17/12/2020

Millions more people are facing tougher restrictions from this weekend in an effort to curb a rise in COVID-19 cases in the east and south-east of England.

Testing rolled out to areas at ‘significant risk’ of moving into Tier 3

17/12/2020

Local authorities in the worst-affected Tier 2 areas will now be offered community testing in addition to Tier 3 areas, the Government has announced.

Calls to break down weekly vaccine figures by local authority

17/12/2020

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for the weekly coronavirus vaccination figures to be broken down by region and local authority in the future.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2020

16/12/2020

Although the dispute over council pay caused the most stir in the local government sector this year, the impact of dealing with the pandemic obviously dominated the headlines as well.

Government urged to 'Build Back Fairer’ in new Marmot review

15/12/2020

A new generation of children and young people face shorter lives and worsening health, a new report has warned.

London enters tier three restrictions

14/12/2020

The Government’s timetable for COVID-19 tier reviews has been pre-empted with the imposition of extra restrictions on London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Hancock names Tier 3 local authorities to roll-out community testing

14/12/2020

Nearly 70 local authorities in Tier 3 will start community testing programmes from today to help drive down transmission rates.

Tracing COVID-19 less successful in deprived areas, analysis reveals

07/12/2020

Tracing positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts is less successful in more deprived local authority areas when compared to the least deprived areas, according to a new analysis.

Care home workers take vaccine priority over NHS

04/12/2020

Care home workers have been given top priority in the COVID-19 vaccination programme following a revision of Government guidance.

Tier 3 areas offered community testing support

01/12/2020

The Government has invited areas in tier 3 to apply for support for community testing as part of the effort to detect asymptomatic cases of COVID-19.

More than 200 councils launch local contract tracing schemes

27/11/2020

Council leaders have welcomed the news that 200 local contact tracing partnerships have now been set up across England.

Hancock unveils England’s tier restrictions

26/11/2020

Only three areas in England - Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, and the Isle of Scilly - will be placed into the lowest level of local restrictions from next next.

PPE supply for care workers was 'inadequate'

24/11/2020

The social care sector was ‘left to fend for itself’ during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an investigation into supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Tougher tier system unveiled under COVID Winter Plan

24/11/2020

Every area of England will be placed into a tougher tier-system under the Government’s COVID Winter Plan, the prime minister has announced.

First mass testing programme rolled out in Wales

23/11/2020

Wales’s first COVID-19 mass testing programme is being rolled out in Merthyr Tydfil Borough.

Council chiefs call for ‘greater local oversight’ of test and trace

20/11/2020

Local authority leaders have called for ‘greater local oversight and involvement’ when it comes to COVID-19 testing and tracing.

Derby council ‘delighted’ arena to be COVID-19 vaccination centre

20/11/2020

The leader of Derby City Council has welcomed the decision to consider making Derby Arena a temporary COVID-19 vaccination centre.

COVID-19 testing pilot for care homes launched

16/11/2020

The Government has announced a new pilot that will see friends and family members of some care home residents in Hampshire, Cornwall and Devon offered regular COVID-19 tests.

Councils bid for vaccine role

16/11/2020

Councils have made a bid to play a key role in distributing the new coronavirus vaccine.

People with learning disabilities six times more likely to die from COVID-19

13/11/2020

People with a learning disability were up to six times more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first wave of the pandemic than the general population, a report has found.

Commission calls for action to reduce mental health inequalities

12/11/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted existing inequalities in mental health, a new report has warned.

Think tank calls for new health and social care tax

11/11/2020

A new health and social care tax raising £17bn should be the centrepiece of sweeping tax increases to raise £40bn a year, according to a new report from think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

More than 50 councils to receive rapid COVID-19 tests

10/11/2020

More than half a million rapid COVID-19 tests will be sent to public health authorities this week as part of Government plans to roll-out mass testing for the virus.

Councils call for clear lockdown exit strategy

04/11/2020

The Government has been urged to work with councils to develop a clear lockdown exit strategy by the Local Government Association (LGA).

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men at ‘lowest point’ in 20 years

04/11/2020

The number of gay and bisexual men with newly diagnosed HIV has fallen to the lowest point in two decades, according to public health experts.

Liverpool to pilot mass coronavirus testing

03/11/2020

The first pilot of whole city testing for COVID-19 is to be carried out in Liverpool.

Government needs a plan to tackle public service backlog, says IfG

02/11/2020

The Government needs a plan to address backlogs in public services caused by the coronavirus crisis, a new report has claimed.

Nottinghamshire faces tougher Tier 3 lockdown measures

29/10/2020

The whole of Nottinghamshire will be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions from midnight Friday after a deal was reached between the Government and all nine local councils.

Baroness Lawrence calls for urgent action to tackle structural racial inequalities

27/10/2020

Structural racism meant Black, Asian and minority ethnic people were disproportionately affected by the COVID pandemic, a new review has warned.

Nearly 80 health groups join forces to press the Government to tackle health inequalities

26/10/2020

A coalition of nearly 80 organisations has been launched in order to pressure the Government into tackling health inequalities.

Wales to introduce coronavirus 'firebreak'

20/10/2020

A two-week 'firebreak' will be introduced in Wales this Friday to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

COVID 'magnifying' health and care inequalities

16/10/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has ‘exacerbated’ existing problems in social care and magnified health inequalities, a report has warned today.

Starmer calls for ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown

14/10/2020

Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged the Government to follow the advice of their scientific advisers and bring in a short lockdown of two or three weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19.

PM pledges extra £1bn for local government amid three-tier system

12/10/2020

Boris Johnson has announced a further £1bn in funding for local government as the country heads into the second wave of COVID-19.

Cold and damp homes putting millions more at risk of COVID-19, report warns

22/09/2020

Millions of people living in cold and damp homes could be more at risk of contracting coronavirus this winter, a new report has warned.

Report highlights impact of 'broken' food system

21/09/2020

There has been little progress in mending the 'broken' food system over the past three years, a report has warned today.

New parents asked to answer questionnaire on early years’ development

18/09/2020

New parents and health service professionals are being asked to contribute to a Government review on ways to improve the healthy development of infants.

Welsh sport and leisure sector welcomes £14m recovery funding

17/09/2020

The Welsh government has announced a £14m funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Parents call on councils to improve school air quality

15/09/2020

Parents call on councils to improve air quality as research suggests 50% reduction in pollution could halve number of children?with?poor lung function.

Care home providers warned of Covid-19 rise

14/09/2020

Department of Health & Social Care has written to care home providers in England warning them of the risk of a rise in coronavirus cases in the care sector.

Download forthcoming NHS Covid app, council chiefs say

14/09/2020

Local authority leaders have urged everyone to download the forthcoming NHS Covid-19 app once it is available as fears of a second wave of coronavirus rise.

Councils welcome decision not to ease restrictions in Trafford and Bolton

03/09/2020

Lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Bolton and Trafford following a request from council leaders.

New scheme to support self-isolating workers does not go ‘far enough’, Burnham says

27/08/2020

Mayor Andy Burnham has criticised the Government’s announcement of a new payment for people who are self-isolating, arguing it ‘goes nowhere near far enough’.

Local authorities struggling to enforce rules on chemical safety

24/08/2020

Councils unable to enforce rules on chemical safety as new research shows one in four products tested contain dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals.

Fifth of care homes took on Covid patients, survey reveals

24/08/2020

One in five care homes had to accept patients discharged from hospital who had tested positive for COVID-19 during the early part of the pandemic, a survey has found.

Government announces nearly £600m to help people return home from hospital

24/08/2020

People needing care after being discharged from hospital will be supported by a £588m fund to cover social care or costs of care at home, Government says.

Council chiefs warn of ‘surge’ of post-lockdown dental treatments

24/08/2020

Local authority leaders have warned of a potential post-coronavirus surge of dental treatments following the lifting of lockdown.

Hancock under pressure on anti-obesity plans following PHE closure

24/08/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock is under growing pressure today to say who will take responsibility for the national fight against obesity following his decision to close down Public Health England (PHE).

Government announces £3m fund to support babies from deprived or BAME backgrounds

21/08/2020

The Government has announced a new £3.3m fund to give babies from deprived areas or BAME backgrounds the best start in life.

West Midlands councils warn they are at a ‘crossroads’ in fight against Covid-19

21/08/2020

Seven West Midlands councils have called for support to ensure that Covid-19 testing is widely available as the Birmingham CC warns they are ‘at a crossroads’.

Government announces ‘legally binding targets’ to tackle climate change

19/08/2020

The Government has set out a series of legally binding targets under the Environment Bill to combat climate change.

Council chiefs urge parents to ensure vaccinations are ‘up to date’

17/08/2020

Local authorities are urging parents, families and guardians to contact their local GP, school or health centre to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

Government announces £5m for COVID-19 ‘social prescribing’

17/08/2020

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5m to help people stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdown restrictions extended in northern England

17/08/2020

Restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 have been extended in parts of the North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester after the number of infections failed to drop.

Councils to pilot new NHS Test and Trace app

14/08/2020

The Isle of Wight Council and Newham Council are trialling the revamped NHS Test and Trace app.

COVID-19 test reveals 6% of population infected by mid-July

13/08/2020

The first report from the world’s largest home antibody testing programme tracking COVID-19 in England has found 6% of the population is infected with coronavirus.

Demand could overwhelm mental health services, report warns

12/08/2020

People with mental health issues are at risk of not getting the support they need due to increasing demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has warned today.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

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